Islamabad (HRNW): Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday launched spring tree plantation campaign in Islamabad, Radio Pakistan reported. Expressing his views on the occasion, the minister said Pakistan is ranked amongst the countries vulnerable to climate change. “Tree plantation is important to protect the environment from degradation”, he continued. Asad Umar vowed that one million saplings will be planted in the federal capital during the spring tree plantation campaign. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf senior leader Jahangir Tareen said, we had planted one billion trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa successfully, and expressed his resolve of planing as many as 100,000 trees in Lodhran in current year.
Back in the month of February, Prime Minister Imran Khan had launched the ’10 Billion Tree Plantation Drive’ in Balloki. The prime minister planted a sapling at the Forest Reserve in Balloki to mark the ‘Plant for Pakistan’ campaign. Under the program, which aims to counter climate change and pollution, the forestation of the land will take place, in addition to establishing wild life parks. Deputy Commissioner Nankana Raja Mansoor Ahmed told the state news agency that 10,000 saplings would be planted by 25,000 school children along with the prime minister to launch the tree plantation campaign. He said the district administration had retrieved 2,500 acres of government land from illegal occupants.